Bare Life | Jerusalem, 2007

Bare Life

Curated by: Raphie Etgar

Project Participation: Cut – 7 dividing lines

Museum on the Seam

Jerusalem, Israel, 2007

Bare Life is the third in a series of exhibitions on themes of human rights that we are presenting at the Museum. This exhibition aims to touch upon the increasingly unraveling seam between deviant states and normative states, and to point resolutely at the place where the temporary emergency situation turns into a legitimized ongoing situation that in the end leads to a paranoia of suspicion and to the use of violence to re-establish public order.

The works on show in this exhibition were selected with an intention to present and depict the atmosphere that encourages nations and organizations to activate invasive methods which infringe the boundaries of our identity, our privacy, and the freedom we are entitled to as citizens of a world that not so long ago experienced the horrors of the Holocaust, was witness to atrocities and to contempt of human values, and was enlightened enough to proclaim its aspiration for reforms and new directions in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was formulated after the end of that terrible war.

This aspiration is confronted in the exhibition by means of works by 42 artists from all over the world, some of whom are showing this work in Israel for the first time. In their works, these artists bring testimonies that attempt to clarify the nature of relations in times of trouble and in periods of uncertainty which the regime or the sovereign define by as a times for restoring order, which accords the authorities the power to use all the means at their disposal.

Raphie Etgar


Participating artists: Bruce Nauman, Anselm Kiefer, Bill Viola, Paul McCarthy, William Kentridge, Sophie Calle, Santiago Sierra, Wilhelm Sasnal, Catherine Yass, Kendell Geers, Josephine Meckseper, Samuel Beckett, Artur Zmijevski, Carsten Höller, Leonid Sokov, Tsibi Geva, Katarzyna Józefowicz, Pedro Barateiro, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Adi Nes, Berni Searle, Gilad Efrat, Andrei Gennadiev, Sun Furong, Igor Makarevich, Barbara Klemm, Haim Maor, Atsmon Ganor, Leora Laor, Shahram Entekhabi, Danae Stratou, Jill Magid, Gaston Zvi, Ickowicz, Renzo Martens, Jürgen Waxweiler, William T. Ayton, Mikhael Subotzky, Beth Block, Graham Frew, Tomer Appelbaum, Eyal Warshavsky, Thomas c. Jackson, Hila Lusky

Danae Stratou’s piece is one of a series of seven pairs of photographs from border regions entitled Cut – 7 dividing lines. The photographs are exhibited opposite one another and send the gaze to both sides of the border, and place the viewer in the abyss between them – the no man’s land between borders which can be reached only by crossing a border through danger or the use of political privilege. In photographs of the United States-Mexico.